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3.61 | 35 ratings

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3 stars After Kawana, the trio that stood out most (Seffer, Truong, Lockwood) departed, leaving just Cahen and Prevost from that lineup. Replacing the sax talents of Seffer and the drumming of Truong is nigh on impossible, but they did it as best they could by drifting further into a standard Jazz style than ever before. The Zeuhl influence is completely gone really (although it might not be out of place on Magma's debut album).

It feels a little bit "safe" and so probably doesn't either wow or offend fans of Zeuhl and/or Jazz. But the highlight is definitely the opener 'Merci Jacky'. The 12 minute title track is slow and atmospheric and to be honest I found it a bit boring. They probably knew some people would think that as Troupeau De Bisons Sous Un Crane is a short happy clappy bit of classic funky jazz music. Binah is back to more atmospheric, a nice track but little more than that, and Les Temps Changent is a synth heavy lounge track.

It was encouraging after the first track, then I got a bit bored and it never quite picked up again. A shame for a group that to me delivered a few great tracks but surrounded by filler.

bartymj | 3/5 |


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